Coronavirus pandemic

  • Coronavirus pandemic deepens Japan's demographic crisis
    TOKYO, October 4 (Reuters): Tumbling numbers of pregnancies and marriages in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic are likely to intensify a demographic crisis in the rapidly ageing nation. Japan has the most aged society in the world, with more than 35% of its population expected to be 65 and over by 2050, a trend that poses risks for economic growth and straining government finances. "I reckon the spread of the coronavirus is having many people worried about getting p
  • U.S. faces half a million COVID-19 deaths by end-February, study finds
    LONDON, October 23 (Reuters): More than a half million people in the United States could die from COVID-19 by the end of February next year, but around 130,000 of those lives could be saved if everybody were to wear masks, according to estimates from a modelling study. The estimates, from a study by researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, show that with few effective COVID-19 treatment options and no vaccines yet available,
  • Pull investments from companies not committed to environment, pope says
    VATICAN CITY, October 11 (Reuters): Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his voice to calls for the economic model that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic to be a sustainable one. Francis spoke in a video message for an online event called "Countdown Global Launch, A Call to Action on Climate Change". "Science tells us, every day with more precision, that we nee
  • Virus shatters Latin America's middle class dreams
    BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO/LIMA/MEXICO CITY, October 7 (Reuters): When the coronavirus hit Chile and abruptly cost Lorena Rodriguez her job, the 47-year-old nanny took a painful decision to pawn her jewelry - gifts from decades earlier - for cash. Like more than half of Latin Americans, she worked in the informal sector, looking after two children in an upmarket area of the coastal city of Valparaiso but living comfortably on joint income with her husband of 700,000 pesos ($905) a month.
  • 'Funeral cards' helped an old Italian through lockdown, before his own was made
    ROME, October 7 (Reuters): Each time he went to a funeral, Gino Verani came away with a "santino," the traditional laminated card with a picture of the deceased on the front and a prayer on the back. Over the years he would slip them into two small cardboard boxes in a drawer in the living room of his house in San Fiorano - a town in northern Italy that was at the epicenter of the country's coronavirus pandemic - along with his watch, an outdated cellphone and his
  • Flower business in Ghazipur market withers amid corona pandemic
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 7 (IANS): The early morning hustle and bustle of customers, once the hallmark of the Ghazipur wholesale flower market in Delhi, too has been swept away by the coronavirus pandemic. Resultantly, business at the market has come to almost a standstill. Shopkeepers who earlier made a decent living are now able to sell only 25 per cent of their stock as customers are few and far between. In the absence of sufficient number of customers, shopkeepers in the flower mar
  • Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream
    Reuters The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rush for plastic. From Wuhan to New York, demand for face shields, gloves, takeaway food containers and bubble wrap for online shopping has surged. Since most of that cannot be recycled, so has the waste. But there is another consequence. The pandemic has intensified a price war between recycled and new plastic, made by the oil industry. It's a war recyclers worldwide are losing, price data and interviews with more than two do
  • Moscow's schools to switch to online education due to coronavirus - Ifax
    MOSCOW, October 5 (Reuters): Schools in Moscow and the regions of Ulyanovsk and Sakhalin will switch to online remote learning soon due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, the Interfax news agency cited the Education Ministry as saying on Monday. Russia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases rose to its highest since May 12 on Monday as authorities reported 10,888 new infections nationwide, including 3,537 in Moscow.  
  • In a first, annual DGP, IGP meet to be held virtually; Modi, Shah to attend
    New Delhi, October 4 (PTI):  For the first time in its history, the annual conference of the country's top police brass will be held virtually next month amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Sunday. About 250 officers in the rank of DGP and IGP from all states, Union Territories and central government will take part in the two-day virtual meeting to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, NSA Ajit Doval among others. The ke
  • Thousands of jobless Bangladeshi garment workers fear for future
    DHAKA, October 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to find work and are at risk of destitution without urgent support, advocates said. At least 70,000 people are estimated to have been laid off after $3.5 billion-worth of clothing orders were cancelled or suspended and exports plummeted by 84% in April, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGME
  • The faces of India's coronavirus pandemic as deaths hit 100,000
    NEW DELHI, October 1 (Reuters): Eight months after the novel coronavirus arrived in India, the number of deaths from the disease is due to cross 100,000 imminently. Nearly 6.5 million people have been infected in total, second only to the number in the United States. Reuters met and interviewed relatives of 30 people who died of the virus in India, from coastal Kerala on the country's southern tip to the Himalayan region of Kashmir in the north. The 30 victims were
  • Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa's low fatality rates from pandemic
    JOHANNESBURG, September 29 (Reuters): Africa's overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year. In May the World Health Organization (WHO
  • India to hold election in Bihar despite surging coronavirus cases
    MUMBAI, September 25 (Reuters): India announced local elections involving millions of voters in a densely packed state even as it reported 86,052 new infections of coronavirus on Friday and remained set to overtake the United States by next month as the world's worst-affected nation. The elections in the state of Bihar, with a population roughly the size of Japan, will kick off at the end of October and will be spread over three days, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) told a
  • Modi raises red flag for India's 60 districts with CMs
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raised a red flag about 60 districts of the country spread across seven states, as far as their handling of the current pandemic is concerned. The PM emphasised upon the need for better communication and staying alert against those spreading rumours. "There are more than 700 districts in the country.However, only 60 districts in 7 states are a cause of worry," said the Prime Minister. He sugges
  • Canada's Trudeau to unveil plan to address coronavirus outbreak, revive economy
    OTTAWA, September 23 (Reuters): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil on Wednesday what he says is a far-reaching plan to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic while ensuring efforts to fight the outbreak do not falter. Trudeau, who has consistently vowed to do more to combat climate change, is paring down talk of a green revolution to slash reliance on export of fossil fuels as Canada faces a resurgence in coronavirus cases. "The three pro
  • India's Nobel laureate fears upsurge in child labour as pandemic shrivels economy
    NEW DELHI, September 21 (Reuters): For four decades Indian Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi rescued thousands of children from the scourge of slavery and trafficking but he fears all his efforts could reverse as the coronavirus pandemic forces children into labour. "The biggest threat is that millions of children may fall back into slavery, trafficking, child labour, child marriage," said Satyarthi who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for his work to co
  • As U.S. COVID-19 deaths near 200,000, a nation grapples with grief
    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, September 21 (Reuters): Anthony and Rosemary Terio, married for 65 years, died five days apart in separate New York hospitals last spring, two lives among the nearly 200,000 that the United States has now lost to the coronavirus pandemic. "This pain will never go away for me," said one of their daughters, Lisa Terio-Heath, who, because of the pandemic, had to remain at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina, and witness her family's loss from
  • Red Cross warns coronavirus is driving discrimination in Asia
    Reuters The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and foreigners. The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese people, immigrants and foreigners. "It is particu
  • Mobile catering the new norm in Bengaluru
    BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): If the coronavirus pandemic is blamed for the soaring unemployment rate in the country, it has also opened new avenues like giving a boost to the mobile catering business in and around the city. Speaking to IANS, Idli Dosa Coffee Kitchen (IDC Kitchen) Manager Dinesh Gowda said operating stand-alone restaurants or eatery joints has become more expensive and it has not been translating into a profit-making business as it used to be once. "The ID
  • Pandemic "hero" Filipino nurses struggle to leave home
    MANILA, September 16 (Reuters): From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom. They were praying to be allowed to leave: To be allowed to take up nursing jobs in countries where the coronavirus is killing thousands in hospitals and care homes. In recent months, these care workers have taken to calling themselves "priso-nurses." With infections also surging in the Philippines, the government in April banned healthcare workers from leaving the country. They w